Spectacular Northern Gannets were flying by in large numbers. It can take 4-5 years for them to reach their white adult plumage. Younger birds have dark on their bodies.
We moved over to the breakwater on Captiva, just north of Sanibel because they were closest to shore there.
Such a dramatic bird, this one is almost an adult.
They were stacked up but did not touch.
They went up above the horizon then roller-coastered down low to the waves.
We climbed out onto the breakwater, I stood on the rocks above Don. He counted, I photographed the gannets. (photo of us by Meade Cadot.)
These birds are incredible flyers and spend most of their life at sea. They fly in lines, undulating up and then down, skimming along in the wave troughs. The eat fish and can plunge dive as deep as 72 feet.
We had a fabulous time watching them.